Venture School Starts Statewide Kickoff

Venture School Starts Statewide Kickoff

If you have an idea and want to turn it into a successful business, Venture School might be just what you need to take the next step!  The University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center has just opened the application period for the fall cohort.  They will be accepting applications from entrepreneurs across the state until Friday, September 16.  On-site programs will be offered in Des Moines and Iowa City, and new this fall an online option well be available as well.  The program lasts eight weeks and helps startups validate their business model and diminishes the risk of the startup process.

Since 2013, Venture School has helped guide over 200 teams, and has awarded over $120,000 in cash prizes, with  many of the participating teams launching their business ventures.

When Kyra Seay from Ellison Eyewear was asked what she like about the Venture School program she said, “Venture School is a fun and challenging way to force the busiest of people, whether that be mothers, faculty members, students, or those who are working other jobs, to devote the time necessary to truly vet their business idea and workshop it with some great and experienced entrepreneurial minds into a more viable business model.”

“Venture School was an amazing opportunity.  I gained a profound amount of knowledge pertaining to startup businesses in such a short amount of time.  It significantly enhanced my presentation skills”” said Jeanine Abrons of Integrative Health Innovations.  Abron’s team was impressed by the immediate impact of the Venture School Program.  “”The faculty and mentors are a tremendous resource and continue to be available for advice and support.  I can’t recommend this program enough”

So if you are an entrepreneur interested in exploring a new business idea, or an existing entrepreneur looking to take your business to a different level, visit for more information on this program that might be a great fit for you!

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